Have you ever had one of those days where you get home from work and decide to take a quick cat-nap, only to wake up a few hours later, completely out of it and unable to even tell whether it’s morning or night, or whether you slept for two hours or two days? Yeah, I had one of those “naps” last night, so I’m a little out of it this morning. Still, a nippy dose of home made frappuccino does an excellent job of banishing the cobwebs. Okay so maybe it was just a mug of ice coffee, some chocolate syrup and a hefty dollop of whipped cream, but still, it was good!
PSP owners woke up today to find not only a shiny new console available for purchase in the PSPgo, but also the biggest single update in PSN history. Now, I would love to be Mr. Convenient and post the entirety of the update here, but it’s prohibitively large and I’m a little too lazy to bother to even think about formatting that many items. However, I am kind enough to offer links! Have a look at the EU update here, and the US update details here.
On to things more MMO-centric now. It would seem Aion continues to mop up and utterly dominate the digital distribution charts, well, as far as we can tell from the information provided by Direct2Drive and Steam.
- Aion Collector’s Edition
- Fallen Earth
- Aion Collector’s Edition
- Fallen Earth
I see many of you piping up and asking, “what is this Fallen Earth that seems to have attracted attention so?” Calling it “Fallout The MMO” would probably be a disservice to both games, so instead I shall offer a flurry of those ever-so-helpful links once again. If you’re “sick of ogres, elves and pixies”, then you may have found kindred souls in developer Icarus Studios… at least that’s what they say, have a look at this launch trailer to get an idea of what they’re offering. Had a look? So yeah, while it’s a tad heavy on the bad heavy metal, it is basically “Fallout The MMO”, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. I wish more MMO’s would offer a free trial at launch though, surely developers and publishers can’t expect gamers to pay $60 just to see if a long term investment like an MMO is worth it? If you are interested though, here’s a link to the Fallen Earth website.
If all the heavy metal and post apocalyptic, testosterone fueled imagery isn’t really doing it for you, head on over the DC Universe Online website (click on the screenshots tab) and you’ll find some brighter, more colorful screenshots. SOE’s been keeping our interest by keeping up a steady stream of images, and this latest batch shows a personal favorite of mine in action, the Green Arrow.
Remember last week when I was talking about the Star Wars Online beta? When I said it was probably going to be a looooong time till the closed beta was taking names? Well it turns out you should never put any Aion Kinah down on a horse I tell you to back. Case in point, the fact that mere hours after my post went up, the beta page for TOR went live. Are you still reading this? GO! GO! GO! I’ll wait.
I understand the sheer number of visitors itching to get into the beta caused Bioware some server issues, with the site eventually crashing for much of the day, so if you experience issues with the sign up process, be patient.
Something else you’ll have to be patient for is the next Everquest II zone, Underquarry. I think it’s fair to say that even though EQII was overshadowed by the behemoth that is WoW at launch, it’s done pretty well since then and shaped up to be a pretty decent MMO. Here’s an excerpt from the Underquarry preview page:
The Underquarry is a multi-lobed underground strip-mine where servitors of Brell toil endlessly to mine the living rock along a system of pathways and veins. It was once a few large caverns hiding quietly underground. Flowing water breached the caverns, creating two massive sinkholes. Since then the water flow from above has ceased and Brell’s minions have turned the caverns into mines and quarries for needed minerals.
If you’d like to read the rest, head on over here.
Patience seems to be the order of the day, I swear I’m not doing it on purpose, but this time you only have to be patient if you’re a Mac user. You see, Warhammer Online finally has a release date for the Mac, you won’t have to wait too long either, as the game becomes available starting October 28th. If you’re impatient, or aren’t bothered by the prospect of bugs, there’s a beta already available for download here.
Following in the footsteps of Aion’s developer video diaries, and Star Trek Online’s “Ask the Dev’s” series, Turbine have wisely decided to start up something similar for Lord of the Rings Online called er, “Ask the Dev Team”, the first series of which you can read here.
In other LOTRO news, Turbine have announced that the Siege of Mirkwood expansion will be released December 1st for $19.99. However, you can get your hands on Siege of Mirkwood for free as well, all you have to do is subscribe to one of Turbine’s multi-month payment packages, yes, even the three month package. Not a bad deal if you ask me, deets, screens and more here.
Yup, I saved the best for last, World of Warcraft Public Test Realm Patch Notes 3.3.0 for all you WoW-heads! Have at ‘em folks, and leave no note unturned
Alright, well I’m off to peruse the PSP Store, see if I can pick up Daxter and possibly Thexander Neo… oh, and maybe Prinny as well. Oh, and Burnout Legends, hey and maybe Brave Story… sigh. This is going to be tough.
– The incredible 3D Dot Game Heroes trailer – must see if you’re a Zelda fan.
– Tea table flipping arcade game. Yeah it’s graphic, but dammit those tables deserved it!